I hope you’re having a good week, I myself am just getting over the strangest stomach bug! After my sermon on Sunday I snuck away to my bed and didn’t leave my room until Tuesday morning. I didn’t get the chance to share with you one of the most fascinating resources that influenced my sermon this past Sunday. The great Baptist preacher of the late 20th century Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick at Riverside Church in New York City. He was a beacon of light in the early fundamentalist debates in the turn of the century standing on the side of love, justice, scripture, and reason. He spoke strongly against the terrible Hoover Vacuum Rapture theologies of his conservative brothers and preached a Biblical gospel of God’s restoration of creation rather than evacuation from creation. I highly recommend you Google, Shall the Fundamentalists Win?, and read Rev. Fosdick’s brilliant sermon on this very subject, it is sure to inspire. We Baptists have been standing on the side of love for a long time and it’s exciting to know that our faith community is continuing this bold move today.